A Revolution of Words

The article I read does not make what I would call a profound statement about blogging (profound being if someone said, “Blogging will replace books completely” — as idiotic as that may sound).  However, it was written in 2002 and appeared in Wired.  The Blogging Revolution , by Andrew Sullivan, is ahead of its time, only having been written 2 years after the idea of “Web 2.0” emerged for the first time.  I think it was a very important insight into what blogging would become and how it would affect our lives on a daily basis.  The author makes an analogy between Napster for music and blogging being the future of words and information — and I couldn’t agree more.  For I always have much more respect for someone if they make a claim that isn’t readily accepted because it is ahead of its time.

In the article he says, “Eventually you can envision a world in which the most successful writers will use this medium as a form of self-declared independence.” Nostradamus would be proud, because I believe that we are well on our way to that point.  Not only are amateurs setting up their own blog sites (personal and in the classroom), blogging has become a mode of communication for the scholarly and major news publishers.  The bottom line is that blogging is quickly becoming a part of daily life for more and more people, and Sullivan saw it coming.

Like I said before, the article would not be considered profound today, eight years after it was written.  However, in 2002 it was revolutionary.  The internet is still reaching people all over the world for the first time, and in 2002 much of the world was still without an internet connection.  To think that online musings by a stranger would actually be desirable to read was a very foreign concept.  However, there was a small contingent that thought so, and Sullivan was one of them.  I am sure if you asked him today what he thought the future of blogging was, he would say that it is only going to continue to expand.  However, in the article he makes a prediction that has not really become a mainstream reality yet.  He says that people will eventually pay to download an established writer’s remarks instead of that writer going to a publisher.  It has not happened yet, but it may be the way of the future and cause the aforementioned crazy idea of mine to be not so crazy after all.

The most beautiful part about the article is that it may not be very profound today, but it still has huge relevance.  The idea of social networks and blogging is only starting to grow to a vast majority of people.  In 20 years, I believe that the predictions made in the article about today will not only be relevant but will be exacerbated 100 fold.  In short, blogging is revolutionary because, as Sullivan puts it, blogging will be to words what Napster was for music — an explosion of the availability and use of that form of media.  And as long as we are all still here then, sites like BlOrg Theory may be the way people communicate en mass, instead of being a mode of communication for a relatively small amount of people as it still is today.


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